Please join us after the lecture to celebrate the release of Centerline 9: The Poetry Foundation, published by the Center for American Architecture and Design. 6pm, Architecture and Planning Library, Battle Hall.
John Ronan FAIA is founding principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago, founded in 1999. He serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes and is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. John holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. In 1999, he was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition in 2004, a two-stage international design competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. In December 2000, he was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine, and in January 2005 he was selected to The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices program. John has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center. His work has been covered extensively by the international design press, and a monograph on his work, entitled Explorations, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. A publication on his Poetry Foundation building by the Center for American Architecture & Design at the University of Texas, is forthcoming. His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards—for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago.
John is currently Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught since 1992. His interests include drawing, writing and fly fishing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
John Ronan Architects is an internationally-recognized design firm based in Chicago known for conceptual innovation, exploration of materiality, and a rigorous attention to detail. The firm’s history is marked by a steady rise to prominence. In 2004 the firm was winner of the prestigious, two-stage international Perth Amboy High School Design Competition. In 2006, the firm was featured in the Young Chicago exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010, Princeton Architectural Press published Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, a monograph on the firm’s work. The firm has received two AIA Institute National Honor Awards, for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, and the firm’s work has been exhibited widely and covered extensively in publications.